Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr.

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Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr.

Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr.

August 18, 2017

 One of the things I can remember about Arthur Kennedy, and we used to call him Deacon Kennedy, was the fact that he would always encourage you. In my first opportunity for so called public speaking, and you didn't consider it public speaking, was when he would ask and he would say, "You're going to summarize the Sunday School lesson before all of the classes when we go back for assembly." I used to like it because if you did a good job, he would give you 50 cents. And as a young kid, 50 cents was a lot of money....

Photo of Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. speaking during the Casey Anthony case.

Listen as Orlando native Belvin Perry, Jr. describes his first opportunity for public speaking in  this  excerpt from an oral history interview with Mr. Perry at the Orlando Public Library on April 24, 2017. 

LISTEN Part I (21:28)                                                                                                                                         

So I would always look forward to my opportunity to do that. But what they were trying to do was to make you feel comfortable with public speaking; make you feel comfortable about looking at a lesson, learning the high points of the lesson, and being able to summarize those things to other people. At the time you didn't realize it, but as time went on you begin to understand it and you begin to see it....

Belvin Perry, Jr. served  as Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit during the Casey Anthony case, circa 2010-2011. Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. first joined the 9th Circuit Court in 1989. He served as Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit Court from 1995 to 1999 and 2001 to 2014. He retired from the bench on August 13, 2014 after serving as judge for nearly 25 years including serving as Osceola County Administrative Judge and nine terms as Chief Judge of the Ninth Judicial Circuit.

Photo courtesy of the Belvin Perry, Jr. Archives

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